I will be holding a town hall meeting this coming Thursday, August 13, at 7:00 pm at the duCret School of Art (1038 Central Avenue in Plainfield) to discuss the administration’s proposed ordinance to give a residential tax abatement to the developer of the Monarch condominium property, located on East Front Street.
This issue has generated a lot of interest in the Plainfield community. I have received numerous emails, telephone calls, and blog comments from constituents who have expressed grave concerns about this proposed ordinance (as have my council colleagues). In a previous post, I stated my opposition to it (see below).
However, I feel that it is important to have a public hearing to get feedback from you, Plainfield residents and taxpayers, before the ordinance goes to second reading on Monday, August 17.
Residents and taxpayers deserve a forum to be heard, where your concerns are the focus of the meeting, as opposed to a brief “privilege of the floor” at a council meeting. After all, we are elected to represent your interests. I want to be able to clarify for you what abatements are about, and how this one (designed for residential buyers) differs from the usual abatements.
Although I am the Third Ward councilman, this meeting is, of course, open to all. It is the first of regular town hall meetings that I will be setting up for my Third Ward constituents. You asked for real transparency in city government, and I pledged, when elected, to provide that transparency, along with honest, ethical leadership. You, the residents and taxpayers, have to live with the decisions made on your behalf by this governing body, so it is incumbent upon us to give you an opportunity to weigh in on those decisions before they are finalized, and to play an influential role in the future of Plainfield.
What happens at the council table will affect all of us for years to come, so I hope you will be able to attend and offer your opinion on this important ordinance.
Town Hall Meeting
Hosted by 3rd Ward Councilman Adrian Mapp
Topic: Monarch Tax Abatement Ordinance
Thursday, August 13, 2009
duCret School of Art
1038 Central Avenue, Plainfield